Three Little Words (1950)

Unrated  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Musical  |  12 July 1950 (USA)
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The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.



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Complete credited cast:
Eileen Percy
Charlie Kope
Gale Robbins ...
Terry Lordel
Mrs. Carter De Haven
Phil Regan ...
Harry Shannon ...
Helen Kane
Paul Harvey ...
Al Masters
Carleton Carpenter ...
Dan Healy
George Metkovich ...
Al Schacht
Harry Mendoza ...
Himself (as The Great Mendoza)


Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricst. Per chance he meets composer Harry Ruby and their first song is a hit. Ruby gets Kalmar to marry is former partner Jessie Brown, and Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the wrong girls. But due to the fact, that Ruby has caused a backer's withdrawal for a Kalmar play, they end their relation. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

12 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drei kleine Worte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vocals for Vera-Ellen were dubbed by Anita Ellis. See more »


Wjhen Astaire, Wynn, and Skelton are talking about the play never being produced, there are several pictures of M.G.M. stars on the wall. First, from left to right, is Judy Garland, then Spencer Tracey, then Katharine Hepburn, and another I could not identify. The time period in the movie was at that point during the mid 1930s, but those photos were all from the late 1940s. See more »


Eileen Percy: [singing] I love you so much, I can't conceal it, / I love you so much, it's a wonder you don't feel it.
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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »


Thinking of You
Written by Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
Sung by Fred Astaire (later by Red Skelton)
Danced by Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen
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2 October 2003 | by (MA) – See all my reviews

Although Astaire was a bit past his prime in the dancing area, this is by far the best acting performance he gave (Towering Inferno Oscar nod included). His Bert Kalmar is complex, restless, at times testy, and very much a real person compared to the standard Astaire character. Whether the circumstances depicted in the movie were fact or fiction, he is really a character with a distinct persona, as opposed to Fred Astaire essentially playing himself as in most other his other films.

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